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In modern times, ancient Egypt has inspired many works of literature, → music, and art. There are two distinct characteristics to Egypt in this context. First, it differs widely from the common European heritage of Greco-Roman culture, thus readily lending itself to mystery and appealing to a taste for exoticism. Second, its antiquity has caused it to appear in the Western imagination as the cradle or depository of a buried primordial or “traditional” knowledge; this applies especially to the Renaissance an…

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Faivre, Antoine, “Egyptomany”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 15 June 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_103>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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